Celebrating Arab American Heritage, History, and Culture
As Arab Americans, with our stories constantly told for us, we aim to inform generations of Arab American people and the general public about who we are, where we come from, and the full complexities of our migration histories. We want our stories to be portrayed with truth and dignity.
Our work includes:
During the month of April, the Arab American Civic Council formally recognizes the achievements of Arab Americans through the celebration of Arab American Heritage Month. Across California and nationwide, cultural institutions, school districts, municipalities, state legislatures, public servants, and non-profit organizations issue proclamations and engage in special events that celebrate our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.
We launched the Arab American Heritage Month initiative in 2016, with just a couple of cities in Orange County recognizing the initiative. Since then, more than a dozen California cities, several school districts, the County of Orange, the State Senate, the State Assembly, and the office of Governor Gavin Newsom have recognized the month by issuing and presenting proclamations identifying April as Arab American Heritage Month.
Do you live in a City that does not recognize Arab American Heritage Month? Would you like to contact your City Council or School District to urge them to recognize your heritage and culture? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a proclamation sample and other resources.